Nipah: Seven cases test negative, six more persons quarantined in Kochi
KOCHI: In a big relief, seven people admitted to a quarantine facility at Ernakulam government medical college hospital tested negative for Nipah virus on Thursday. Meanwhile, those admitted to isolation wards across the state rose to 13.
"Test reports from virology institutes in Pune and Alappuzha show the six persons negative for Nipah infection," health minister K K Shailaja said. ... read more
It might take 2 more years to contain Congo Ebola outbreak, WHO official says
In a "worst-case scenario," the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo may take up to two years to end, a World Health Organization official said Thursday.
The outbreak, which began on August 1, is "not under control," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said during a press briefing. "We may end up dealing with this outbreak for a long time."... read more
FDA OKs Two Self-Administered Options for Mepolizumab
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two new methods for administering mepolizumab (Nucala, GlaxoSmithKline), an autoinjector and a prefilled safety syringe, which patients or caregivers can administer at home once every 4 weeks, the company announced.... read more
Genetic Testing May Help Identify Best Antidepressant
Pharmacogenomic testing may help clinicians choose the most effective antidepressant for their patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) with greater precision.
A study that examined the utility of such testing found that remission, response, and relief from depressive symptoms were greater among patients whose care was guided by such testing, compared to patients who received treatment as usual (TAU), which did not include genetic guidance.... read more
Midlife type 2 diabetes Tied to Cerebrovascular Disease
Type 2 diabetes was tied to a higher risk for cerebrovascular disease (CBD) later in life, according to a twin study.
In a cohort of over 33,000 individual twins, midlife type 2 diabetes was associated with 29% higher odds of cerebral infarction later in life compared with people without diabetes (OR 1.29, 95% CI 1.03-1.61), reported Rongrong Yang, PhD candidate, Tianjin Medical University in China, and colleagues.... read more